Photo: Oakridge Wines
From product launch lunches, special events, group celebrations or sit-down dining functions, the Yarra Valley’s food and wine offerings are world-class. This means if you’re looking for a casual restaurant, high tea or fine dining venue, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s a small selection worth considering for your next event
Love the idea of holding your event at a winery? You’re in the right place and the choices are all delicious. Think vineyard views, locally sourced produce, wine-matched menus and the option of pairing a tasting, wine blending or grape-stomping activity to your event are all possibilities.
Popular choices include De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate with views that are just as divine as the hospitality. Upstairs at Locale restaurant, groups can relish an Italian-inspired menu highlighting the very best local produce.
Alternatively, Levantine Hill’s partnership with hatted chef Teage Ezard has resulted in Ezard, a true gastronomic delight in an incredible setting. With a variety of venue spaces to choose from, depending on your group’s size, it’s the ideal setting for a product launch, awards night or gala dinner.
Oakridge Wines is another award-winning winery with a 140-seat hatted restaurant onsite. A seasonal menu created by executive chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett features the best local produce and native ingredients including in-house made cheeses, fresh garden produce grown onsite and more. Oakridge also offers meeting rooms for small to medium-sized groups.
Rochford Wines are no stranger to holding events. Their large indoor spaces and expansive grounds have hosted everything from larger exhibitions, products launches and music festivals. For something more intimate, their restaurant, Isabella’s a popular choice for both sit-down and cocktails style functions. Pair your event with a range of onsite activities such as grape stomping or wine blending, even pizza making and you’ll be onto a winning combo.
Photo: Innocent Bystander
Located in Healesville, Innocent Bystander is perfect for a casual group sit down where your guests can enjoy a tapas-style menu with artisan pizzas and gourmet platters. You’ll also find a boardroom-style function space for small groups as well.
Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, The Warehouse at Meletos is the ideal mix of rustic and rural and offers groups a wonderful option for offsite dining with a private bar and AV options ideal for presentations or product launches.
Photo: Puffing Billy Railway
Looking for something a bit out of the box? Your guests can ride the rails of the historic Puffing Billy train to their Nobelius Packing Shed. Lunch and brunch dining experiences are available, perfect for themed events. The steam & cuisine luncheon option offers three courses or a grazing platter option as groups depart from Belgrave Station. It’s a three-hour experience showcasing the local produce and wines.
These are just a taste of what the Yarra Valley region has to offer for group dining. We’ve got plenty of more suggestions depending on your group size and specific needs.